Box Elements Debuts
July 14, 2017
Elements is a new set of tools for businesses of all sizes to bring the
Box content experience into any application built with Box Platform. The
first set of tools, UI Elements, is generally available today and
includes four pre-built, customizable components of Box's popular user
interface, which today is used by more than 50 million people and 74,000
businesses including 64 percent of the Fortune 500. Box also announced
that it has reached a milestone of 100,000 developers building with Box
A great content experience is essential to how people collaborate and
get work done with their colleagues, customers and partners, said Jeetu
Patel, CSO and SVP of Box Platform. For the first time, were providing
businesses of all sizes with the ability to leverage Box's best in class
user experience in their own applications. Developers will no longer
need to spend huge amounts of time and money building content
experiences, security, and infrastructure services from scratch, and can
instead focus on building unique experiences for their business needs.
Box plans to introduce additional types of Elements over time, including
backend services and industry-specific app elements that will continue
to make it easier for businesses to create engaging applications and
content experiences for customers, partners and employees.
Available Today: Box UI Elements
Box UI Elements are modular, customizable and can be easily integrated
into any application with just a few lines of code. Businesses can use
each UI Element on its own, or strung together with other UI Elements to
create common user flows with content in their apps.
Box Content Uploader allows users
to drag and drop files into an application, or select locally from their
device, and upload them securely to Box.
Box Content Explorer provides a
view for users to navigate through a set of files or folders stored in
Box from within an application.
Box Content Preview displays
interactive viewers for more than 120 different types of files,
including documents, images, videos, 3D files, and more directly in an
Box Content Picker enables users to
select files or folders stored in Box from within an application.
UI Elements are already being leveraged by applications including
Workplace by Facebook, Pressly, and Maxwell to power user experiences
with content in their applications. Each UI Element is integrated with
the Box Platform APIs to accelerate development and are fully
customizable, so businesses can modify the components to fit their
brand's look and feel. Box UI Elements are designed with
enterprise-grade security, leveraging a new access token mechanism known
as Token Exchange that builds on Box's existing permissions framework.
components through NPM. The source code for Box Content Preview is
available today on Github, and Box will release additional source code
for all UI Elements in the future.